As Randy Jackson would say, I'm venturing a little out of my "Wheelhouse" today. But when I see things evolving in society that disturb me, I feel it is my responsibility to speak out. This is one of those instances.
I love a good cupcake as much as the next guy. Three or four make a fabulous dessert, especially at social gatherings. They are handy, because you can eat them in one or two bites, and you don't need a plate or a fork. Thankfully, my EC has several recipes that knock the socks off any cupcake shop that sells them for $4.00 each, and so my issue with cupcakes is not a financial concern.
Yes, there is a television show actually called "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Network.
I watched Cupcake Wars once, so I know of what I speak. I don't see it as a great threat to society - just a very sad commentary. First of all "War" is a bit of hyperbole. It would be far more exciting if the ladies baking their cupcakes could walk over to their competitor's station and deliver a roundhouse kick to the sous-chef while she is whipping a meringue. That would be a "war."
The problem with Cupcake Wars is that they produce nonsense like this:
First of all look at it! Second, it is a tomato, espresso and beer cupcake. In other words, an abomination. I think that is all I need to say. But even with this ghastly creation, Cupcake Wars are not my concern either.
My concern regarding cupcakes is this: The dog-poop icing technique.
Frosting should not look like it was left there by a dog...
or an elf...
or a Smurf...
I have no idea what inspired this, but at least it was aware of breast cancer.
Please help me stop this crime against dessert. Especially at wedding receptions. Now this cupcake looks amazing. See how the frosting looks like it was put there by a person, and not the neighbor's dog?
|This cupcake has me distracted.|
A few more thoughts about icing while I'm on the subject of icing:
• It should be called frosting.
• It should extend all the way to the edges of the cupcake.
• It should not be taller than the actual cupcake.
One last thought, and it should be completely obvious, but apparently there are some whose superficiality has overcome their common sense: TASTE > APPEARANCE. Nothing worse that a cupcake that looks delicious, but tastes awful. We should refer to them as "Whited Sepulchre" cupcakes.
Thanks for indulging me. I feel much better now.
One more thing: If you are unfortunate enough to encounter a dog-poop cupcake, this technique could be of benefit to you.